Rick Van Santen

Co-prexy of L.A. concert promoter Goldenvoice

Rick Van Santen, co-prexy of L.A. concert promoter Goldenvoice, died Dec. 28 at his home in Ventura County of flu-related complications. He was 41.

Goldenvoice presented punk acts in large established venues in the 1980s when major promoters shunned punk because of its reputation as a violent subculture.

Jane’s Addiction, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Social Distortion and Nirvana are among the many acts boosted by Goldenvoice, and partner Paul Tollett said it was Van Santen who nurtured contacts with those groups.

Las Vegas native grew up in Northridge and West Los Angeles, attended University High School and got to know L.A. punk bands, eventually managing some of them and staging shows.

Van Santen was hired in 1985 by Goldenvoice founder Gary Tovar, who signed over the business to Van Santen and Tollett in 1991.

The pair sold Goldenvoice to Anschutz Entertainment Group in 2001 and continued to run the business.

Van Santen is survived by his parents and a sister.

Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd.

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